THE ARTIST IN YOU
If you intend to beautify your inner world,
Dip your mental art brush in the filtered waters of Spirit
Rather than the dirtied poodles of contaminated hearsay.
Select a stunning backdrop such as blue skies on a sunny day
And envision gentle wavelets lapping the sun-kissed seashore
Rather than over sensitizing your mind
By placing too much focus on the teary saltiness
Accumulated through the ages in the vast oceanic body.
Prep your mental canvas with a fresh wash
Lending a deaf ear to the unfounded and negative ‘hear-think.’
That keeps bubbling up from its many blind corners,
Having been allowed to roam there untamed for way too long.
Revamp your color palette with vibrant colors
Tossing into the wastebasket the disenchanting ones
That would only smudge your life’s work
With the marks of their dirty fingerprints
Muddied by overexposure to pessimistic emotions.
How could you generate a memorable work of art
Without conditioning both your mind and your heart
So that they jointly come up with a glorious vision,
Infused both with fiery idealism and can-do-better spirit?
Yours is to sharpen the pencil of your creative mind,
And guide the brushstrokes prompted by your open heart
To gently follow the fine grain of your fondest dreams
Rather than exposing them to the coarseness of your worst nightmares.
Anyas Spencer, Medford, Oregon, February 19, 2019